Cuffs & Collars

NY: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 9

Western District HighlightsFuel spill(Onondaga County)On Jan. 17, ECO Rick Head answered a report of a fuel spill at a gas station in Syracuse. A truck driver had left his truck unattended and returned to find diesel fuel spilling on the ground. The nozzle handle had been propped open in order to keep fuel flowing to the truck’s fuel tank. The…

MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 17

District 1 – Baudette area CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) taught the law and ethics portion of the firearms safety class in East Grand Forks, attended new portable radio training, and monitored area beaver-trapping activities. Questions were answered regarding youth ATV operation and walleye fishing. CO Angie Warren (Thief River Falls) completed an investigation of feeding deer in the…

MI: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 9

DISTRICT 1CO Mark Leadman is following up on a minnow dealer who failed to renew his license from 2009 despite being warned about this last year.CO Trey Luce has been getting more and more complaints about dogs running deer. Unfortunately, the heavy snow crust is allowing dogs to easily run on top of the snow while deer are breaking through….

PA: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 9

NORTHWEST REGIONButler County WCO Christopher J. Deal filed citations in several cases for unlawful possession of wildlife or their parts this past month.Forest County WCO Frank E. Leichtenberger recently had two bears with mange in the same place in his district.Forest County WCO Frank E. Leichtenberger is investigating a recent case of dumping on lands open to hunting in his…

OH: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 9

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1• State Wildlife Officer Brad Kiger had an odd day in March with several strange calls. Kiger had two phone calls about some black bear tracks that were found in the Franklin County area. After looking at the tracks, one was found to be a coyote and the second was found to be squirrel tracks….

MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 16

District 1 – Baudette areaCO Ben Huener (Roseau) worked spring beaver run activity. A wildfire was investigated in Kittson County.CO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) investigated a timber wolf depredation complaint and attended a training session in the metro area.CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) checked area creeks for fish run activity and responded to numerous questions about nuisance animals and injured hawks. Boaters…

WI: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 8

District 1 – Ashland areaWarden Matt Mackenzie, of Ashland, investigated a report of a snowmobile that broke through the ice on Lake Superior. No one was injured; the snowmobile was recovered.Warden Lance Burns, of Gordon, worked snowmobile enforcement with the recreation officer for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department. Citations were issued for various registration and moving violations.Warden Burns found some…

NY: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 8

Northern District HighlightsCustoms and Border Patrol AgentsReport Violations(Clinton County)Region 5 ECO Les Taylor received information from the Customs and Border Protection, Office of Air and Marine of several carrot piles with hunting stands adjacent to them in the northern part of Clinton County. Taylor, familiar with the area, went to the property only to find the entire area posted. Needing…

MI: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 8

DISTRICT 1COs Trey Luce and Mark Leadman had a snowmobile operator fail to stop in the Gwinn area. They tracked the sled to an unrelated residence where the operator had hidden it behind a house, then fled on foot. The sled was impounded, and the investigation continues.CO Jason Wicklund was working a late-night fishing complaint in Gogebic County when he…

OH: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 8

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1• About 2:30 a.m. on a February morning in Franklin County, a state wildlife officer was contacted by the ODNR Communication Center and asked to call a lieutenant with the Columbus Police Department. The lieutenant stated that they had two adults and one juvenile that were caught mudding in a field and shooting rabbits. Because…

MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 14

District 1 – Baudette areaCO Ben Huener (Roseau) removed illegal permanent stands from local wildlife management areas. CO Huener also presented the law and ethics portion of the firearms safety training class in Lancaster. Angling and invasive species checks were conducted on Lake of the Woods. Many anglers are still being educated about the potentially dangerous bait being used, and…

WI: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 7

District 9 – Black River Falls areaWarden Bill Miller, of Adams, met with town supervisors and a snowmobile club to discuss the problems with snowmobilers operating on town roads. The town and club will get the roads properly signed, and the town will work on a trail access ordinance.Warden Wade Romberg, of Friendship, issued citations in February for fishing with…

NY: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 7

Northern DistrictHighlightsWhey Spill from Persistent Violator(Lewis County)On Nov. 30, and Dec. 2 of last year, Region 6 ECO John Murphy observed two separate spill incidents on a dairy facility in the Town of New Bremen, Lewis County, that flowed directly into the Black River. The spills were caused by the facility’s inability to dispose of its waste properly. Lt. John…

IL: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 7

Region IA CPO responded to a TIPS complaint for a deer carcass scattered along the roadway. The deer harvest tag was found still on the deer. The CPO contacted the permittee and interviewed the hunter. It was determined that the hunter had legally harvested the deer and had given the deer to the brother-in-law for processing. After processing the deer,…

MI: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 7

DISTRICT 1CO Mark Leadman contacted three groups of anglers on Deer Lake (a catch-and-release only/no live bait lake) using live bait and keeping walleyes. One subject stated that he had called the district office asking about rules for Deer Lake. Follow-up by CO Leadman revealed the subject had been advised of special restrictions on the lake but chose to follow…

PA: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 7

NORTHWEST REGION Crawford County WCO Mark A. Allegro and Mercer County WCO Don Chaybin investigated a hunting-related shooting incident in southwestern Crawford County. The incident occurred on regulated shooting grounds while the individuals were hunting for pheasants. Forest County WCO Daniel P. Schmidt has seen several bald eagles along the Allegheny River, and checked three existing nests along the river…

OH: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 7

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1• During the 2011 muzzleloader season, Logan County Wildlife Officer Adam Smith was on patrol and observed a vehicle parked just inside a woodlot near a roadway. Smith looked at the vehicle and saw lens covers for a scope inside the vehicle. He followed fresh boot tracks left in the snow, back into the woodlot….

WI: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 6

District 1 – Ashland areaWarden Pat Quaintance, of Bayfield, investigated an incident involving four ATVs going through the ice on Lake Superior. The subjects were able to reach safety.Wardens Quaintance and Egstad, of Bayfield, assisted with the kids ice fishing contest sponsored by the ABC Sportsmen’s Club.Warden Egstad responded to a call regarding a cross-country skier who had been struck…

IL: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 6

Region IA District 7 CPO conducted a coyote detail in Warren and Fulton counties. The detail was in response to an annual coyote competition in central Illinois.While on patrol in Marshall County, the district sergeant talked with a homeowner about some coyote hunters that she thought were too close to her house. They were not but a short time later…

MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 11

District 1 – Baudette areaCO Ben Huener (Roseau) monitored angling and snowmobile activity on Lake of the Woods and in Roseau and Kittson counties. CO Huener also worked with a Manitoba game warden to return illegal animal skulls to Canada.CO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) worked with other agencies on a restoration order regarding a ditching project.CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) worked complaints…

PA: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 6

NORTHWEST REGIONCrawford County WCO Mark A. Allegro investigated violations regarding an individual allowing his dogs to unlawfully run uncontrolled, and ultimately injure a deer which had to be put down, as well as individuals that unlawfully had a wild rabbit and an opossum at their residence as pets.Erie County WCO Darin L. Clark reports that the bald eagles in the…

WI: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 5

District 9 – Black River Falls areaWardens Robin Barnhardt, of Osseo, and Ken Thomson, of Fall Creek, responded to a complaint that two hunters were bowhunting over illegal bait during the final weekend of the bow deer season in Jackson County. The wardens located the hunters and determined they were hunting after hours over illegal quantities of bait and that…

NY: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 5

Northern District HighlightsCity of Oswego charged(Oswego County)In July 2010 a group of fishermen contacted the Syracuse regional office to report the presence of what looked like toilet paper and other septic material being discharged into the Oswego River near a popular fishing spot in the City of Oswego. Region 7 Officer Matthew Harger responded to the location of the complaint…

IL: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 5

Region IA District 7 CPO responded to a citizen complaint near Peoria of what appeared to be a deer being killed in the homeowner’s front yard while they were not home due to the large amounts of blood in the snow. The suspect deer hunter had wounded the deer on property he had permission to hunt; however, the injured deer…

MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 9

District 1 – Baudette areaCO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) worked with COs Richards and Seefeldt practicing airboat operations in preparation for possible flood event response. Training was attended at Camp Ripley where taxidermist inspection procedures were discussed and reviewed. CO Woinarowicz also patrolled area snowmobile trails during an antique snowmobile run in the Stephen area. Unfortunately some spectators decided…

MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 8

District 1 – Baudette areaCO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) reports enforcement action for the week included failing to register a deer and a contractor doing illegal work in a wetland area.CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) attended a public meeting on the creation of a new waterfowl refuge.CO Brice Vollbrecht (Blackduck) monitored angling activity on Upper Red Lake throughout the week. Area snowmobile…